The Window uses 7 different dice types: D30s, D20s, D12s, D10s,
D8s, D6s, and D4s. Each of these dice corresponds to one of the
seven "rungs" on the Window Competency Ladder below, and each rung represents a loose
level of skill that your character can achieve.
As we have already explained, every ability a Window character
possesses, be it an inherent trait or a skill, will be associated
with an appropriate adjective or brief description. Once you've
got an adjective, it should be a simple matter to decide which
rung that ability falls into. Once you've got a rung, you've got
a die. (In the Window, low rolls are always good, so obviously a D4 is much better than
The Window Competency Ladder
This is the highest rung of competency, and it is generally reserved
for those characters who are absolutely unique or singularly masterful
at what they are doing. It is extremely rare to find a person
with any ability at this rung. Skills of this magnitude could
be described as unbelievable, grandmaster, superhuman, supernatural,
or even godlike.
Very High (D6)
This level is generally the highest that a "normal" human can
achieve. At this rung, one may assume that there are only a small
population of people with a similar trait. Einstein might have
been on this rung of intellect, or perhaps Bobby Fischer would
fit in here with his chess talents. An ability adjective at this
rung might be termed as a master, astonishing, remarkable, amazing,
stupendous, a prodigy, or unequalled.
This rung is where a typical "expert" would fit in. It is not
uncommon to find a skill or two at this level for those people
who are exceptionally practiced at their chosen profession or
area of study. A few descriptive terms which work well at this
level are expert, highly skilled, very good, highly accomplished,
a natural, and elegant.
Above Average (D10)
This is the level of competence where those "good, but not particularly
good" skills fall into. The typical person would have perhaps
one skill (generally their profession) which would be at this
rung. Abilities of this level could be described as professional,
impressive, talented, skilled, proficient, or practiced.
This rung is the "average" level, and it could be considered the
norm against which the other rungs are compared. Generally, a
person will have several of these skills, mostly in those mediocre
abilities which everyone has a chance to pick up as they go through
life. A few adjectives which fit well could be average, competent,
fair, not bad, pretty good, decent, mediocre, and commonplace.
Below Average (D20)
A person could expect to be at this rung on any skill they have
begun to practice but not quite mastered. The normal character
would have a few of these, be they hobbies, or things they did
a long time ago, or skills they just can't ever get the hang of.
Some good descriptions of this rung could include below average,
amateur, beginner, hobbyist, struggling, and unreliable.
This rung is the bottom of the barrel, and usually it is only
used for those abilities which are markedly horrible. Please note
that everyone has almost every "skill" imaginable at this level
of competency. (Even if you've never driven a car before in your
life, that doesn't mean you couldn't try!) Skills here could be
described as low, unskilled, incompetent, poor, crappy, nonexistent,